1 September 2009

Stories from 1 September 2009

Bhutan: World's Youngest Democracy

  1 September 2009

Liz Warren at Teaching in Thimphu comments on the progress of the people of the world's youngest democracy: “Bhutanese are increasingly inundated with ads telling them what to want, news telling them what to believe, and programs (usually made outside of Bhutan) explaining what’s cool, it is an opportune time...

Pakistan: A Reality Show Death

  1 September 2009

The death of a reality TV show contestant in Pakistan in an accident while filming the show has generated much debate among online and offline communities. Kalsoom at CHUP discusses the reality of the reality TV.

Jamaica: Reggae Shows Cancelled

  1 September 2009

As Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton suffers from the cancellation of international shows thanks to his homophobic lyrics, The Wickedest Time says: “I don't get offended by the music, mainly because its practically a cultural norm…but we have to think about the people we offend.”

Bahamas, T.C.I., U.S.A.: Google & Democracy

  1 September 2009

As Google states that it may very well hand over journalists’ IP addresses in connection with the exposure of alleged corruption in the Turks and Caicos, Bahamian blogger Nicolette Bethel comments: “Google’s action threatens the ability — indeed the possibility — for true democracy ever to exist in these, our...

Trinidad & Tobago: Sensationalism

  1 September 2009

Survivein’ Trinidad is appalled by the decision of a local newspaper to publish on its front page a photograph of an infant who was killed in a car crash: “It was insensitive, sensationalist and IT IS NOT JOURNALISM!!!!”

Bermuda: Consistent Message

  1 September 2009

“The announcement that the expat with a cannabis conviction has been granted a work permit because of his importance to the international business community is disappointing”: Bermuda's 21 Square thinks that the move “simply does not send the right message.”

Jamaica, U.S.A., Canada: Health Care

  1 September 2009

Jamaican diaspora blogger Pamela Mordecai examines U.S. President Obama's health care plan and says of the controversial abortion issue: “If we truly want women not to have abortions, what we must do is create a social, economic, and moral context that will encourage them to keep their babies.”

South Africa: Free tickets to Mobile Web Africa 2009

  1 September 2009

Mike writes about free tickets for Mobile Web Africa 2009 that will take place in South Africa: “Matthew Dawes is organising Mobile Web Africa 2009 on the 13 and 14 October at the Michelangelo, and has kindly offered a range of freebies and discounts for me to promote to you,...

Peru: Taking Care of the Amazon River

  1 September 2009

The ongoing problem of the trash contamination of the Amazon River is a concern to De la Selva Su Web On [es], who writes that the river should be taken care of, especially as it is being promoted as a Wonder of the World.

El Salvador: The Issue with Street Protests

  1 September 2009

Street protests in El Salvador are of a concern for Chambita Hernandez of Gatos Frentudos [es], who writes that everyone has the right to free speech, but that it should not interfere with others’ right to free transit.

Brazil: Can black people drive luxury cars?

  1 September 2009

A black man was assaulted in a supermarket car park in São Paulo when security guards accused him of planning to steal his own car, fuelling a debate by bloggers about the myth of Brazil as a racial democracy.

China: Newly invented Han characters

  1 September 2009

Recently the Ministry of Education of PRC has announced a list of 44 Han characters to be adjusted in their writing style. The adjustments were so insignificant and redundant that most netizens criticized the ministry of creating trouble. Even the Xinhua news described the adjustment as “plastic surgery”. However, the...

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